How to Disable and Enable Google Chrome Automatic Updates

Google Chrome is one of the favorite internet web browser. A lot of advantage and feature provided by Google Chrome, some of them are the speed and the simple user interface environment. In the first release of Google Chrome, it already got big appeal by many people all over the world. One of the feature of Google Chrome is automated update. Google Chrome user’s are divided in to two minds, First group, they think that this feature help them to ensure they get the latest version of the browser, second group, they aware with untested software updates and the result could cause IT support issues or intranet application failures. So, how to disable the Google Chrome automatic update on some operating system? Here you are,


  1. Open the Windows Registry Editor (click Start –> Run –> type regedit –> then click OK or hit enter)
  2. Expand the tree and try to find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Policies/Google/Update
  3. If you don’t see the Google as key under Policies, then you need to create it (a key named Google) and then create another key named Update under newly created key Google
  4. Add a new DWORD value with name: DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue
  5. set the DWORD to 1 to disable automatic update or 0 to enable them
  6. Add a new DWORD value with name: AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes
  7. Set a number of minutes, 1440 for once a day or 10080 for once a week, and so on.

Mac OS

  1. In the terminal application, enter the following commands to disable the automated update: $ defaults write checkInterval 0 Change the 0 to 1 to re-enable automated updates
  2. In the terminal application, enter the following commands to set the update frequency: $ defaults write checkInterval <frequency>
  3. Change the <frequency> with number in seconds, 0 for no update frequency, 86400 for updating Google Chrome once a day or 604800 for once a week, and so on. Exit the terminal application and restart the Google Chrome. (Note: this will disable all automatic update for all Google application on the computer, not just for Google Chrome).
  4. How to manually updating Google Chrome when the automated update is disabled? you could just download the latest version of Google Chrome, this is the easy way. The other way, you also could start the update process from command line by following some steps : From the OSX finder, hit Command + Shift + G to bring up the Go To Folder window, enter the following path: /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources/
  5. after that, locate CheckForUpdatesNow.command then double-click on it to launch the Terminal and start the Google software update manually.

On Linux operating system, Google Chrome update using the standard package management system, so be careful when you clicking “Yes please” on an automated update notification.

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